10 Best Substitutes for Black Peppercorns

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If the black peppercorn tin on your kitchen rack is empty and you got no time to fill it, worry not! Here is the list from which you can pick the best substitute for black peppercorns that will let the taste of your dish be awesome as always.

Best Substitute for Black Peppercorns

The best substitute for black peppercorns is ground black pepper. Other alternatives include white peppercorns, papaya seeds, green peppercorns, cayenne pepper, and capers.

Ground Black Pepper

Derived from black peppercorns, ground black pepper is a good option you can choose that will not change the taste of your dish significantly. Just add 1/4th teaspoon of black pepper powder in place of 1 teaspoon of black peppercorns for the best flavor.

Papaya Seeds

Papaya seeds can be used in place of peppercorns especially in case of a pepper allergy. These seeds are similar in texture to black peppercorns and have a pungent taste so your black pepper sauce tastes just the same as before.

Wooden spoons of green, white, and red peppercorns on a wooden table

In Chinese cuisine, white pepper is used to add flavour to soups and marinades. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Green Peppercorns

Green peppercorns are a good substitute in case you realize you cannot find the salt buddy for the pungency to your dish while cooking. You may want to add more green pepper to increase the heat a bit.

White Peppercorns

White pepper is not only a great black pepper substitute but also a milder spice when it comes to the flavor. Adding it to the preparation will give you a lighter taste along with maintaining the heat levels. Thus you would not find yourself crying out for sugar anytime!

Pink Peppercorns

Pink pepper is a sweeter version of white pepper. It can be a great substitute for black pepper as it can give your dish a rosy tone. It will further enhance the flavor of your dish. Pink pepper is mellower in taste than black pepper so while you are using it in a recipe, you may increase the quantity.

Close up of a wooden spoon filled with white peppercorns on a wooden table

Using crushed white peppercorns in white sauces helps keep the color of the sauce intact while giving it the perfect taste. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Sichuan Peppercorns

Sichuan peppercorns are a moderate substitute for black peppercorns as they have a unique aroma, which comprises a lemony-tangy flavor. Aside from adding heat to your dishes, these peppercorns give your sauces a tart mouthwatering flavor.

Coriander Seeds

Even though coriander seeds are not related to the pepper family they can be used as a black pepper alternative when needed. You can just grind the seeds and use the powder to season your pasta or pizza!

Other Spices

Apart from the above-mentioned substitutes, you can also turn to some other easily available spices to replace black pepper. The list includes the following:

So go ahead and spice up your food!

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As the content and outreach specialist at Organic Facts, Jinal Gangar is responsible for the ideation and execution of content for social media. Jinal, an ex-banker who has completed her MBA in finance from Mumbai University, is passionate about health and wellness. She has completed an online program on “Introduction to Food and Health” from Stanford University, US. On weekends you can find her in cafes or movie theaters. Positivity drives her and she finds peace in cooking, reading, and coffee!
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